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Marine Wildlife Cruise, Plymouth MA

NECWA humpback

Photo of the humpback whale named Seal in a behavior called lobtailing. Photo courtesy Carol "Krill" Carson, 2009.

Seabird and Whale Tale Excursion, Sunday, September 12, 2010 10 am to 6 pm

Join us for an all day, marine wildlife cruise to support marine education and wildlife conservation. The New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance (NECWA) with assistance from Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours, Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries, Natural History Services, South Shore Bird Club, and Bridgewater State College are hosting the Fall 2010 edition of a fundraising event called Seabird & Whale Tales.  During our excursion offshore, enjoy commentary from our wildlife experts including Wayne Petersen (MA Audubon Society), David Clapp (Natural History Services), Joanne Jarzobski (Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours) and Jim Sweeney (South Shore Bird Club). Travel aboard the “Tails of the Sea”, a 110’ luxury commercial whale watching vessel owned and operated by Captain John Whale Watching and Fishing Tours out of Plymouth, MA. View seabirds, seals, whales, dolphins, basking sharks, ocean sunfish and more. Leave from the Plymouth Town Pier at 10 am and return by 6 pm. Trip activities include a plankton tow and demonstration, chumming for seabirds and a free onboard nature-themed raffle.  Tickets: Pre-Sale $90 and then $100 after August 31, 2010. To learn more about this trip or to download the registration form, go to http://www.necwa.org/trips.html.  Or for more information, call Krill Carson at 508-566-0009. Space is limited so register early. Group rates also available.  All proceeds from our Seabird & Whale Tale excursions go to support the many projects and activities conducted by NECWA, a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

Photo Caption: Photo of the humpback whale named Seal in a behavior called lobtailing.  Photo courtesy Carol “Krill” Carson, 2009.

Science Talks at WHOI – Woods Hole, MA

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Science Made Public
All talks held at the WHOI Ocean Science Exhibit Center, 15 School Street, Woods Hole
Link: http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=44975
July 13, 2:30 p.m.
*Red Sea Oceanography: A Saudi-U.S. Collaboration*
Amy Bower, Physical Oceanography Department

July 20, 2:30 p.m.
*Chasing Uncertainty in the East China Sea*
Glen Gawarkiewicz, Physical Oceanography Department

July 27, 2:30 p.m.
*It’s All About the Oil*
George Hampson, Oceanographer Emeritus, Biology Department

Invitation- Hurricane Science and Education Symposium, New Orleans

The University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) in partnership with the Louisiana State Museum (LSM) invite both formal and informal science educators to submit an application to participate in the Hurricane Science and Education Symposium to be held at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, on October 25, 2010. Airfare, meals, and lodging costs for formal an informal science educators will be covered by a grant from the National Science Foundation and support from the Louisiana State Museum.

The symposium is being planned as part of the launch events for a new comprehensive website, Hurricanes: Science and Society (to be launched on October 25, 2010), and a new exhibition at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans (to be opened on October 26, 2010). Participants in the Symposium will end the day at an evening reception at the Museum for a preview of the exhibition, Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond.

If you are interested in participating in the Hurricane Science and Education Symposium, please go to the following link to submit an application:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hurricane_symposium_application

The application deadline is July 27, 2010. We will be selecting the participants and announcing the results in mid-August. Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues.

Contact for further information: Holly Morin, email: hmorin@gso.uri.edu

Lecture: A Similar Event, Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill – New Bedford

John W. Farrington will return to Ocean Voice on Thursday, July 1, to present “A Similar Event:  The 1979 IXTOC I Oil Well Spill Research Cruise:  Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill”.  If you are curious and concerned about what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Farrington may have the answers.  If you would like to learn more than the evening news reports, come to the Ocean Explorium to hear John W. Farrington talk about his experience and scientific research concerned with oil pollution in the marine environment. Dr. Farrington was aboard a scientific expedition that assessed the environmental fate of the IXTOC-l oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979.  Lessons learned from that research cruise and how they inform our response to the on-going Deepwater Horizon spill will be presented and discussed.  Currently Professor and Interim Dean of the School for Marine Science and Technology of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dr. Farrington is also Scientist Emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he served as Associate Director for Education and Dean from 1990 to 2002, and as Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean from 2002 until 2005.  Doors open at 6:15 for refreshments and mingling in the Ocean Explorium.  Talk begins at 7 pm.  Ocean Voice admission:  $4/Adult, $3/Senior, Child.  The Ocean Explorium is located at 174 Union Street in downtown New Bedford and is handicap accessible via the rear entrance.  For more information, contact Betsy Pye at 508.994.5400 or bpye@oceanexplorium.org or go to the Ocean Explorium website at oceanexplorium.org

Call for Papers Place-Based Learning Symposium: December 1-3

Place-Based Learning connects students to their immediate surroundings and heritage.  This method, sometimes called “pedagogy of place” allows individuals to teach and learn through observation and doing, using personally relevant resources as the context for their academic growth.  Place-Based Learning brings forth several questions. How does Place-Based Learning compare to other models of teaching?   Is it the best method to reach today’s youth?  How do we evaluate its effectiveness?  Can informal learning centers be leaders in the creation and promotion of effective Place-Based Learning programs?

In an effort to explore best practices by leading educational and cultural institutions nationwide, the New Bedford ECHO Project invites proposals for presentations and papers on Place-Based Learning to be delivered at a symposium held in New Bedford, MA on December 1-3, 2010.  The symposium will focus on four main themes:  Leveraging regional success stories on a national scale; Successful Place-Based Learning programs and partnerships;  How standardization of the current educational system creates disparities in the educational attainment of native/underserved/minority students; Value and shortcomings of Place-Based Learning including assessment and evaluation

The New Bedford ECHO Project (NBEP), a combined effort from the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the New Bedford Ocean Explorium, works locally with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and our ECHO partners in Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Mississippi to address the educational needs of our respective populations. Through its focus on history, culture, arts and environment the NBEP, allows students and educators alike to engage in a variety of content and context based teaching and learning opportunities. Examples include the Whaling Museum’s popular history, language arts and culture based school programs, the Ocean Explorium’s Enviro-Lab, which allows school and youth groups a chance to go out into Buzzard’s Bay for hands-on research and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s “From Hampton to New Bedford: A Network of Freedom” program which is a set of curriculum-based activities and materials that brings the story of the Underground Railroad to life.

Submissions should broadly fit into one or more of the above themes.  Presentations should be submitted as an article for review and publication in symposium proceedings. All submissions should follow the style outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001, 5th edition). Submit proposals to: Sara Meirowitz c/o New Bedford ECHO Project at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740. Web:  www.whalingmuseum.org.  Proposals should be submitted in abstract form (less than 100 words) and are due by July 31, 2010. Honoraria and travel stipends may be available.

Waquoit Bay NERR Walks

Numerous beach and coastal walks are scheduled at the Waquoit Bay NERR. For details check the website http://www.waquoitbayreserve.org or contact Joan Muller, Education Coordinator, 508-457-0495 x107